Accessing Previous Versions of a File from a Department Shared Folder or MySBfiles on a Windows Machine

Audience: Faculty and Staff

This KB Article References: Department Shared Folders, MySBfiles
This Information is Intended for: Faculty, Staff
Last Updated: May 03, 2019

"Snapshots" of MySBfiles and Department Shared Folders are saved every few hours.  You can access a document you altered or deleted from these snapshots on a Windows machine.  

Navigate to your Department Shared folder or MySBfiles:

  1. Open This PC (Windows 10) or Computer (Windows 7) in File Explorer, by holding down the Windows button on your keyboard and tapping “E”:
  2. You should see your Department Shared Folder and MySBfiles under This PC or Computer. 

    *For MySBfiles users who do not see~NetID (\\mysbfiles.campus.stonybrook.edu) listed under Computer, then you do not have MySBfile mapped on your computer.  Call Customer Engagement & Support for help! 
  3. Navigate to the folder that contained the file you deleted or edited, but do not open it.
  4. Right-click on the folder and select Restore Previous Version--it may take a few moments to appear.
  5. Click to open the version (snapshot) of the folder that would contain the unaltered document based on the date modified.
  6. Here you can open the document and save it.

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